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Big Z To the Big Apple? A Look at Carlos Zambrano's Future

CHICAGO - JUNE 25: Starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Chicago Cubs throws the ball in the 1st inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 25, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Zambrano was suspended indefinitely by the Cubs for an outburst in the dugout after the 1st inning. The White Sox defeated the Cubs 6-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Robert KnapelCorrespondent IJune 30, 2010

After his latest tirade, it appears that Carlos Zambrano will be on his way out of Chicago. This difficulty in this, however, may be finding a suitor for Big Z.

So far this season, Zambrano has become the most expensive relief pitcher in major league history, he has gone on multiple tirades in the dugout, and he has struggled, posting a career high 5.66 ERA.

Zambrano also has two years and $35.875 million remaining on his contract. He also has a $19.25 million vesting option for 2013 which he will get if he finishes first or second in the 2011 Cy Young voting or in the top four of the 2012 Cy Young voting.

Along with all of his issues, his contract makes Zambrano nearly impossible to trade. However, there may be one team that would be a suitor.

The New York Mets could look into acquiring Zambrano. They have a few fairly expensive headaches of their own. The Mets have been looking for ways to trade Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo, and also John Maine.

Perez struggled in the majors this year, posting an 0-3 record with a 6.28 ERA. He only has one year and $12 million left on his contract after this season.

Perez has the potential to turn into a solid starter once again if he can figure out his issues. Castillo was able to drive in 14 runs and steal 7 bases in just 44 games so far this season. This is three less RBI than...(to read the rest of the article click on the link below)

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